I've always been weird about my rhythm playing. If I'm going chords, no distortion, not overdrive, period. It grates my ears. When I've got powerchords (5, 7, 7, x, x, x) or powerchords with the 9th (like A5add9 or Asus2 witha widespread voicing, 5, 7, 9, x, x, x), distortion is ok for me. It's just personal preference. I don't mind bands that overdrive their chords, it's just not my style.
"You must stab him in the heart with the Bone Saber of Zumacalis... well, you could stab him in the head or the lungs, too... and the saber, it probably doesn't have to be bone, just anything sharp lying around the house... you could poke him with a pillow and kill him."
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Universal Re-Monster